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Alberich & Lussuria – “Borgia” – [Hospital Productions]

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Alberich (named for the goblin antagonist of Wagner’s Ring Cycle) is the Power Electronics project of Kris Lapke (see also: Furisubi). Lapke is a frequent collaborator of HospitalProd founder Dominic Fernow, both in Prurient and as drummer in Ash Pool, Fernow’s Black Metal vanity project. Lussuria is the Dark Ambient alter-ego of Jim Mroz, who has also played in a few metal bands. Both artists are from the United States, NYC I think.

Here they collaborate on six live, improvised Korg synthesizer sessions recorded directly to tape.These sessions were originally only available as a bonus cassette included with a 20XCD(!) Skin Crime compilation last year; I don’t know why. The release is probably named after the Italo-Spanish House of Borgia, major players in European Rennaissance Papal politics accused or suspected in all kinds of heinous crimes.

The cash cow comes a-callin’ and the tape gets reissued on purple vinyl with a bit of weight to it. I mean, I’d spend my money on this, so I can’t rightly complain. Thankfully, KFJC bought it so I wouldn’t have to.

What does it sound like? It’s slow-building, ominous, and scary; mostly non-intrusive, but with very little to comfort or soothe. Bubbling waves of digital synthesis; shuddering bass, deep metallic drone, off-key orchestral swells, and wineglass harmonic interplay just on the edge of bearable; muffled rhythmns accumulating many layers of sound. It’s lush even where turning jagged and/or loud. I would call it Death Ambient, if that means anything to you; or you can just imagine the sound of hunter-killer robots swiping searchlights through radioactive smoke to find survivors.

I have Korgs at home so I recognize the aesthetic, as well as the amount of mixing control that must have been required to spontaneously produce something this smooth. No screaming and shouting but there seem to be ultra-modulated voices buried deep within a few key moments of the mix. The Propergol-ish A3 sets itself apart by managing a kind of torpid Industrial aggression.

Overall an excellent spook show that will like people who like Stratvm Terror, Endvra, Bastard Noise, or recent KFJC pit-stopper Zaimph.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on May 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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